David Goodis was generally believed to have never married. Dutch (Harold "Dutch" Silver) said that he had never mentioned a wife. No wife was mentioned in his obituary.
Confirmation, comes from the death certificate for David Goodis, which I found in the
I found the divorce decree in the attic of City Hall. The case was captioned, Elaine Astor Goodis v. David Loeb Goodis, Court of Common Pleas No. 3, September Term 1945, No. 1077.
The speed of the Goodis divorce suggests that the matter was uncontested. The complaint was filed on September 26, 1945.
Why was Elaine never mentioned in the obituary or the law suit?
My guess is the family wrote Elaine out of history so as to protect Herb. The bulk of David's estate was to go to a trust to provide for his mentally disabled brother Herb.